ARMENIA'S GOVERNMENT TO HAVE 3 PRIORITIES - PM SARGSYAN
June 18, 2012 | 12:26
YEREVAN. - The Armenian Government's program includes three priorities,
Premier Tigran Sargsyan said Monday during special session of the
Cabinet of Minister. And these priorities are:
1) Economic competitiveness growth, as the main condition for a
long-term sustainable growth;
2) Human capital development; and
3) Institutional capacity building.
As per the PM, the basis of the Government's program is the notion
that the state is obligated to establish for the people the best
opportunities to create and to live in dignity.
"Each and every one must see and feel the results of the changes made
by the Government," stated Tigran Sargsyan.
THE MINIMUM WAGE TO BE DOUBLED DURING COMING YEARS: PM
18 June, 2012
YEREVAN, JUNE 18, ARMENPRESS: Armenia's economic development based
on internal resources will have the primary role on the country's
economic growth throughout five years.
At the course of the extraordinary session, presenting the Government
program, the head of the Executive Body came forth with the statement.
Sargsyan emphasized the doubling of minimum wage as well as the
raising of labor pension scheduled by the program.
'~R Weak global demand and the essential uncertainties of the outside
world limit the chances of foreign economy resources inflow .Under
those conditions the Government expects to assure export volume
increase mainly through the industrial policy, which suggests
systematic and effective use of internal resources'~R PM Sargsyan
As Armenpress reports, in accordance to the program poverty rate
is set to be ratcheted up by 8-10 %, total birth rate coefficient
reaching up to 1.8, more than 100 thousand new jobs will be created
during five years.
By the way the number of employees of non-agricultural sphere will
increase by 30-50 thousand.Government actions indicators have been
assessed on the basis of existing trends.
ARMENIA MIGHT BE LEFT WITHOUT BRIDES IN 15 YEARS
June 18 2012
In 15 years Armenian men will not be able to find a bride or men
with low education and income will not marry at all. The reason is a
possible deficit of females, as at the moment couples often prevent
the birth of girls, Aravot writes.
According to research conducted by the UN Population Fund, together
with the Armenian ministry of health and the Republican Institute
for Reproductive Health, the annual number of abortions connected
to the gender of the possible child reached 1400. The research shows
that now boys are born 15% more frequently than girls. At the moment
there are 118-120 newborn boys for every 100 girls.
According to experts, this might cause severe problems in the future.
Adult men unable to find a wife at home will have to migrate,
which will result in the population decreasing. On the other hand,
the situation will stimulate the growth of prostitution. It can also
strengthen female exploitation and gender inequality, as there will
be more pressure on women to perform their reproductive function.
Sociologist Artak Sagatelyan says that the preference given to the
boys is connected to the low living standards in Armenia. Respondents
explain their desire to have a boy by the fact that girls would have
problems finding jobs, while a boy can at least go abroad, while girls
will have to stay in Armenia and adjust. In addition, it is believed
that in the situation of the undeveloped pension and welfare systems,
boys will be taking care of their elderly parents while girls will
become a part of the other family after marriage.
Sarkisian Demands Faster Growth From New Government
Hovannes Shoghikian, Sargis Harutyunyan
President Serzh Sarkisian chaired the first meeting of his new but
mostly unchanged government on Monday, telling its members to ensure
that economic growth in Armenia is well above earlier government
projections this year.
Sarkisian finished the cabinet's formation on Saturday, more than one
month after parliamentary elections that were controversially won by
his Republican Party of Armenia (HHK).
As expected, Prime Minister Tigran Sarkisian and 13 of the 18
ministers in the previous cabinet retained their posts. Four of the
five new ministers were appointed to positions that were until now
occupied by members of the Prosperous Armenia Party (BHK), the
election runner-up that decided to pull out of the ruling coalition.
Sarkisian and his HHK will now share power only with the Orinats
Yerkir Party of Artur Baghdasarian, secretary of the presidential
National Security Council. Orinats Yerkir will run the ministries of
agriculture, emergency situations and urban development.
`As you can see, we haven't made revolutionary changes in the
government,' President Sarkisian said at the cabinet session. `That is
conditioned by our intention not to break up the momentum in programs
and reforms that are already in progress. But this doesn't meet that
we will not be expecting revolutionary results from the work of the
Sarkisian stressed that the government must deliver on sweeping
changes in the socioeconomic and political domains that were promised
by him during the parliamentary race. `The primary expectation from
the government's work in 2012 is to ensure a 7 percent economic
growth,' he added.
The Armenian authorities had forecast a GDP growth rate of only 4.2
percent for this year. The International Monetary Fund (IMF) and the
World Bank have come with slightly more modest growth projections in
recent months, repeatedly warning of the fallout from Europe's
sovereign debt crisis.
According to the National Statistical Service (NSS), the Armenian
economy expanded by 4.7 percent in the first quarter of 2012.
Presenting the government's five-year program, Prime Minister
Sarkisian said the growth rate will stand at between 5 and 7 percent
in 2012-2017. He said the policy document also commits the government
to creating 100,000 jobs and doubling the minimum national wage during
According to Gagik Minasian, a senior HHK lawmaker, the government
will also step up its declared fight against `oligopolies' that
control key sectors of the domestic economy and are believed to hamper
its steady growth. `Internal resources [for economic growth] are still
far from being exhausted, and one of them is a higher level of
competition and the absence of abuse of dominant positions [in
business,]' Minasian told a news conference.
In particular, he said, the State Commission on the Protection of
Economic Competition (SCPEC) will be given new powers to detect and
punish such abuses. Minasian insisted that the SCPEC has already taken
significant ant-trust over the past year.
Hrant Bagratian, an outspoken deputy from the opposition Armenian
National Congress (HAK), dismissed these assurances. `The share of
oligopolies in GDP and tax revenues has increased in the last five
years,' he told RFE/RL's Armenian service (Azatutyun.am).
Like many other government critics, Bagratian pointed out that the
HHK's parliamentary faction comprises many wealthy businessmen linked
to the `oligopolies.' `They will find ways of cheating,' he
claimed. `Therefore, I think we should discuss not this kind of
statements but a concrete set of measures planned by [the
Unpublished Letter sent to the Independent on 9 June
Tom Lines (letter, 9 June) is mistaken about the origin of the
current Armenia-Azerbaijan dispute. Armenia did not engage
in 'aggression across a border' in 1987-93. The events started
to unroll when the people of Mountainous Karabagh, a district
overwhelmingly Armenian but inside Soviet Azerbaijan,
demonstrated in favour of unity with Armenia. Armenia trusted
the legal process of the USSR; however, in Azerbaijan a
slaughter of Armenians in Sumgait (February
1988) looked like an official ethnic response.
Azeri and Soviet forces assaulted Armenian villages in Karabagh
(April/May 1991). Armenia left the USSR, as later did Azerbaijan.
When Elchibey's Popular Front in Baku renewed the attack on
Karabagh villages, it created 20,000 refugees (some put the figure
But the self-defence forces of Nagorno Karabagh (there was no
Armenian army at the time) re-took most of the villages, and in April
1993 the incompetent army of Elchibey melted like snow in
New regimes in Baku attempted further attacks, but were repulsed
with territorial losses beyond the borders of Nagorno Karabagh.
The current cease-fire lines are those established at the end of the
fighting between Azerbaijan and the Nagorno Karabagh forces,
not following a conflict between Azerbaijan and Armenia.
British Armenian All Party Parliamentary Group
Speaker of Karabagh Parliament in House of Lords, British Parliament.
Complaints have been presented by the Azeri Government to the British
Government for allowing an Address to be delivered by the Speaker of the
Karabagh Parliament , the Rt Hon Ashot Ghulyan MP , on the occasion of
the 20th AGM of the British-Armenian All-Party Parliamentary Group
(BAAPPG) on Monday 11th June 2012, in Committee Room One of the
House of Lords , British Parliament.
The invitation to the Speaker had been issued by the BAAPPG , together
with an application for the Speaker’s Visa to the British Embassy in Yerevan
Armenia and the event had been organised to include it in its 20th AGM ,
as part of the celebrations to mark the Twentieth Anniversary of the Founding
of the Group.
It was the two questions asked by Lord Lea who - although not being a
Member of the Armenian Group but was allowed to attend the meeting,
representing the British-Turkish All-Party Parliamentary Group – that created
the unexpected opportunity for both the Karabagh Speaker and the Armenian
Ambassador Mrs Karineh Kazinian to express their opinions and expose the
facts about the conflict in Karabagh.
It is dubious and illogical that the British Government has – according to the
Azeri Paper -rejected and refuted the recognition of Karabagh’s independence
and existence when in 2009 the Rt Hon Baroness Symons Speaker of the
House of Lords and representing the British Government , herself was
attempting to create the British-Karabagh All-Party Parliamentary Group ,
confirming and recognising by her actions , the very existence and
independence of Karabagh , as no Parliamentary Group can be created
without it’s object and subject being in existence and being independent .
It would be so just and commendable if the British Government who has
lately declared and adopted the democratic right and process of “voting for
self- determination” by the British inhabitants of the Falkland Islands , would
extend the same courtesy and right of “voting for self-determination” to also
the people of Karabagh who find themselves in exactly the same situation
as our valiant and courageous British compatriots in the Falklands Islands .
Twenty years ago when the BAAPPG was founded, it was done with the
hope and conviction that the British Government and its Parliamentarians in
both Houses of the Palace of Westminster , would apply democracy , fairness,
justice and righteousness to all their dealings with their Guest Countries,
even with Groups who are representing countries who although maybe not
be rich in natural resources, but are rich in millennia-old culture and whose
strategic and geographic location – if endangered and threatened - can affect
every country of the South Caucasus Region , the International Community
at large and can even jeopardize the safe delivery of those natural resources
to their destinations .
According to the Speaker of Karabagh , the Rt Hon Ashot Ghulyan MP, “the
people of Karabagh are asking and deserve the right of voting for self
-determination and the right of Independence, of living in Freedom , Peace
and harmony with all the peoples on this earth , especially with their immediate
neighbours with whom they share lengthy borders and seventy years of good
neighbourly relations while at peace with each other “.
It is also a subject of deep sorrow and worries that during the past year , and
more so visible during the last three months , the Azeri government is
attacking at random and sporadically the Karabagh borders ( even infiltrating
deep into Armenian villages ) , killing at random and retrieving , taking their
dead soldiers with them and producing it to the International Community as
an act of aggression from the Karabagh side . The Karabagh Speaker reiterated
that Karabagh has no wish for resumption of hostilities , is not seeking military
solutions and believes that this complex situation can be solved ONLY by
means of discussions , negotiations , compromises and Peace .
Co-Founder and Executive Secretary
British-Armenian All-Party Parliamentary Group
19th June 2012.